Maisen

G/F Greenbelt 5, Legazpi St., Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila

Maisen
4.5
4.5 Stars

38 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 21
  • 4 stars 16
  • 3 stars 1
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 47 Reviews
  • 132 Recommend
  • 38 Reviewers
Category:
Japanese
Business Hours
Open: 11:00a - 11:00p

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Kids Menu:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Unisse C.
5.0 Stars
2

Super filling 10084

Shared this 120g katsu with my sister 128514 Not sure if that's "legal" 128586128584128586

P.S. Roegan T, I had 5 cups of miso soup 128514 Or maybe 6. Lost count.

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Unisse C.
5.0 Stars
2

It's been a while since I've been to Maisen but I couldn't decide what I wanted so I went with my usual — Kastumabushi Set 128541

It's a pretty unique katsu set where you have some broth served in a tea pot and you pour it over the seasoned rice. Sad thing about this set is that it doesn't come with miso soup. 128517 So I turn to my officemates who ordered the regular katsu sets to ask for some miso for me – since theirs is unlimited anyway 128541

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Pam P.
4.0 Stars
3

We basically tried this place to compare it to my all time fave katsu resto Yabu. Haha oops 9996️ Pero not to be biased talaga kaya I gave this place a try. We ordered their Cheese Minced Katsu and sadly, I just didn't like how minced the katsu and the cheese is not that tasty pero all in all its good, but not great. The rice is also too sticky.

Bottom line, I won't go back to this place when craving for katsu.

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Lia B.
4.0 Stars
2

Nice japanese resto. Their Katsumabushi was good, bursting with flavors and their Pork Sukiyaki was really good too!

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Liezzy M.
5.0 Stars
2

yummy katsu! craving satisfied ✔️
friendly staff
neat place

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Unisse C.
4.0 Stars

Still loving the Katsumabushi set. ♥ I need to try something else next time I’m here. I keep ordering the same thing over and over.

I got miso soup cos my friend ordered a set with unli miso soup. Hohoho! 128525

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Unisse C.
4.0 Stars

Ever since I got to try one of Maisen's specials, the Katsumabushi Set, it's been the go to order for me whenever someone would suggest having a meal at Maisen.

The Katsumabushi set is bite-size tenderloin katsu chops served on top of rice with a layer of nori. The set includes an onsen tamago and dashi stock.

3 ways to eat it:
127860 simply scoop out the rice with the katsu chop
127860 garnish with sesame, wasabi and green onions for an added flavor
127860 pour the dashi stock into the bowl with rice and katsu

I like doing the third way without adding the garnish of sesame, wasabi nor green onions. The dashi stock makes it feel like you're eating ochazuke – a Japanese dish where you have rice served with tea. Sounds weird, but it can be quite good if prepared right. 128513

The Katsumabushi set is P390 and does not come with miso soup and salad anymore. The meal on its own can be quite filling even without those. 128522 But you can upgrade the set to have unlimited miso too, for a price. 128539 I didn't go for it during this visit hehe. Keeping the miso addict in me hidden for now.

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Sheena D.
4.0 Stars

Pricier as compared to Yabu, but good food and superb ambience!

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Niño N.
5.0 Stars

Their katsu was perfectly made with the right flavor and tenderness. Put that with the unlimited cabbage, soup, and fruits you get the perfect Katsu experience.

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Unisse C.
5.0 Stars

I was just at Maisen... last week? 128514 But since I got the chance to dine alone while waiting for coding to be lifted + my sister, I decided to finally give Maisen's KATSUMABUSHI SET a try! 128077🏼

Ok, so what is this tongue twister katsu set... 128514

Katsu/mabushi set comprises of the following:
127834 a bowl of flavored rice topped with bite size katsu
127859 onsen tamago
127862 dashi sauce
127845 wasabi, sesame seeds and chives for additional seasoning

How to eat it:
127860 Scoop out the rice and a piece of katsu from the bowl and place it in your rice bowl. You can try to eat the rice and a bite of the katsu as is already since the rice already has some sauce and it's topped with dried seaweed! 128525
127860 Add wasabi, sesame seeds or the chives in for additional flavoring. (I skipped this cos I'm not really a fan of any of these with rice)
127860 Pour the dashi sauce into the bowl for added flavor. If you pour lots of it, it would feel like you're eating congee or ochazuke*. I really liked the dashi sauce so I poured lots of it. Hehehe!! 128541

Overall, I loved this set! It was different but it felt so Japanese! And it's so unique! 128077🏼 Sad thing about this set is that it doesn't come with my favorite miso soup... 128532 So I just ordered for an extra miso soup... For an additional 30 pesos, you get UNLI MISO SOUP. 128561 That's not a bad deal!!! 128525

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Unisse C.
4.0 Stars

Friday's always a struggle.. choosing where to eat.

I've been curious about the Katsumbashi set but I haven't been able to order that yet. Hehe. Maybe one day when I dine by myself. So I opted for the Tenderloin Katsu Set.

Unli rice, cabbage and miso soup (10084️)!! Sadly, I wasn't able to maximize the free refills because I had late breakfast. 128532

Service during this visit was pretty great. The waiters and waitresses were attentive to who needs what refills. 128077🏼 Plus points!

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Kresta Joy C.
4.0 Stars

Katsumabushi Meal, for the win! 128522

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Unisse C.
4.0 Stars

I wonder why we don't get tired of eating katsu... 128514

This is I think my second visit to Maisen with my officemates for lunch. 128514 I got the usual 120g katsu set. I don't usually refill the rice, but I ask for tons of miso soup and some cabbage. 128513 Miso soup addict here 128587🏻

Though sometimes asking for refills can take some time. It's not always consistently fast.

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Toppet S.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Mhack V.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Racqs L.
5.0 Stars

I ordered their cheese minced pork katsu and I definitely enjoyed it. The ratio of cheese to pork to the breadings was just right. It exuded the perfect crispiness and cheesiness that I wanted. Will definitely be back.

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Lhorenz-Ehmer R.
4.0 Stars

Since Yabu is my default katsu set meal And last saturday it was jam packed i decided to try this place. :)

I ordered Chicken katsu set. :)

After i ordered, they served cold tea and i looked for the sesame seed ( to kill my waiting time ). but i look at their sauce and the seeds was included. I tried to taste their sauce it was good but I prefer yabu.

My chicken katsu arrived! Mmmmmm. it was thick and flavorful. But the presentation is nah. They don't have brown rice. :(

The ambiance is good and relaxing. But their customer service is slow. :( but some of their servers are gwapo. Haha. Plus point. :) hehe.

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AAA M.
5.0 Stars

Loved the kurobuta tenderloin set and this salad (pic). Loved how supple, flavorful and thick this katsu was! It wasn't oily and the breading was just right. Plus the serving is just right for a girl with an appetite bigger than her. Truly a game changer for all the other tonkatsu houses! The salad we had was really good as it was really fresh and had very oriental flavor. It did had fragrantly notes but I couldn't pick out what was giving off that flavor, might not be for everyone though 128513. Still not trading Yabu completely but definitely loving this one and coming back to try some more!

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Josette P.
4.0 Stars

When Maisen opened their first branch at Makati, I am grateful. Considering it as one of the best Tonkatsu place in Tokyo, you can expect quality katsu for you then. So I tried these little cheese katsu that they have and they're great! Awesome actually. With the right amount of cheese that's perfect for their katsu sauce, then you have it. As usual for a katsu place is their cabbage serving, and some fruits. I like their dressing as well; the peanut something. What's also great about their menu is that they have katsu sandwiches and these special maisen bowl which is unique. One of my friends tried that one. They also have chicken karage and the usual type of katsu. Basically, their menu is limited to anything katsu related. They have nice staffs, however the service is a little slow and the place is small. It can be crowded in the evening and loud sometimes, so be sure to be there earlier than the peak hours. Overall, it's a great katsu experience for me!

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Clarence Y.
5.0 Stars

My go to katsu place here in Manila. First tried Maisen in Tokyo. I will never forget how heavenly that perfectly fried piece of pork was. When I knew that Maisen was opening here, I had mixed feelings because usually when an imported restaurant brand is brought here the quality really degrades but i was happy that Maisen was kept at an acceptable level when compared to the original home quality in Japan. My factors to determine if a katsu is great is what you see and can taste. These factors include breading of the katsu, juiciness of the meat, texture/temperature of the cabbage, dressing for the salad, the smoothness of the soup, quality of the rice, taste of the katsu sauce and most important probably the affordability of the set. Comparing all other katsu restaurants here in our country, I can say that Maisen has surpassed all factors that's why Maisen is the best for me. I recommend the Kurobuta Set. It's a bit pricier but worth it. The regular katsu set is great as well and very affordable. You are really getting a lot for what you are paying for.

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